Emmanuel Villanis was born in France to Italian parents in 1858 and passed away in 1914. He studied his art in Italy but later worked in France. He exhibited in the Salon de Paris and at the the Paris Exposition where he was awarded an honorable mention. He became one of the most popular and prolific bronze artists of the late 19th and early 20th. centuries. His wonderful bronzes of female subjects were exported all over the world and are still extremely collected today. He was so popular that a lot of his bronzes came in a variety of sizes and Moe is just one of these.
Our Moe is in excellent condition with no damage to the bronze metal. Her facial features are very well defined and crisp. I took several photos of her face so you could see that wonderful nose, chin and lips. She has those super deep set eyes that Villanis was known for. Just a great serious and thoughtful face on this subject. She has been done with a lovely brown patina that is nicely intact. You do see gold peeking thru on some high points like her nose, chin, locks of hair and on rims through out. Her title is on the front base area of the bronze with the E. Villanis signature on the left side rim between her shoulder and breast. The foundry mark is on the backside bottom right base rim and reads : LU 26 in a circle. We know a couple of avid Villanis collectors and they have told us this foundry mark can be seen on quite a few different pieces. It is from after his death in 1914. As France became involved in WWI in 1914 bronze sculptures were not what the foundries were manufacturing. So with her superb crisp features she is attributed to the 1920's. She is a perfect size for that small display cabinet, or on your bookshelf or as a paperweight on your desk.
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